Licorice : health benefits and virtues

Licorice relieves inflammation

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean regions that offers many health benefits and virtues and has a pronounced sweet taste.

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Licorice and its health benefits

Licorice root was already well established in the pharmacopoeia of the Greeks and Romans for its expectorant and soothing properties, and the use of this plant in food seems to go back to antiquity.

In Chinese medicine, licorice is used in the composition of many traditional preparations.

Anti-inflammatory, Licorice relieves inflammation of the digestive system and is very effective against gastritis. In addition, Licorice contains active ingredients known for their sedative action that soothes stomach aches.

It is also thanks to its anti-inflammatory power that liquorice effectively relieves arthritic pain and eye inflammation.

With its strong softening power, licorice heals mouth sores and relieves respiratory inflammations. It also helps to effectively combat coughs thanks to its expectorant qualities.

Licorice also has a mild laxative action and treats constipation.

In Japan, licorice is used to treat hepatitis and liver cirrhosis.

Internal use

The cold liquorice infusion (30 g of liquorice wood per liter of water) helps to fight coughs, colds and bronchitis.

Regali juice (also known as “black sugar”), which is obtained by decoction and evaporation, is used to make commercial pasta and tablets. It is also used as an aromatizing agent in beverages (anisette snacks, anisette appetizers, black beers), confectionery, tobacco, etc.

External use

In gargle and mouthwashes, a regali decoction (200 g of wood per liter, which can be reduced at ¾) is effective in combating angina and inflammation of the tongue and oral mucosa.

Toxic, licorice?

  • Caution, an excess of this plant over a period of more than several weeks can be harmful. The symptoms are headaches, lethargy, hypertension, water retention but also excess of sodium.
  • There is a true regali intoxication that can have serious consequences such as paralysis and heart rhythm disorders.
  • In addition, high doses of oral contraceptives are not recommended.

Licorice cultivation for its benefits

It thrives in the sun and in rich, moist soil. You especially like the south of France, but know that you will have to wait at least three years before trying this plant!

Careful, the gift is sensitive to cold, protect it! And don’t try to grow liquorice in pots, you might be disappointed with the result.

Licorice in the kitchen for its benefits

In the kitchen, it usually perfumes sweets, creams, gingerbread and syrups, it can also be used in salty dishes based on pork or fish.

  • It is best to use it in the form of a stick, which is grated or cut into very thin strips to give flavor to a broth.

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